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The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live (Hardback)

By Armstrong, Heather B.

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From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather Armstrong comes an honest and irreverent memoir--reminiscent of the New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire--about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression invo...lving ten rounds of a chemically-induced coma approximating brain death. For years, Heather Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website, dooce. It's scattered throughout her archive, where it weaves its way through posts about pop culture, music, and motherhood. But in 2016, Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn't shake, an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced. She had never felt so discouraged by the thought of waking up in the morning, and it threatened to destroy her life. So, for the sake of herself and her family, Heather decided to risk it all by participating in an experimental clinical trial involving a chemically induced coma approximating brain death. Now, for the first time, Heather recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month-long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline. Ten times. The experience wasn't easy. Not for Heather or her family. But a switch was flipped, and Heather hasn't experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since. Disarmingly honest, self-deprecating, and scientifically fascinating, The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression.
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ISBN 9781501197048
Released NZ 1 May 2019
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781501197048
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Gallery
Released 1 May 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Armstrong, Heather B.
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Coping With Illness
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 616.85270092
Weight 424g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Depression, Mental - Treatment, Autobiographies, Depression, Mental - Patients - United States, Armstrong, Heather B - Mental health
NBS Text Coping with Problems & Illness
ONIX Text General/trade